1. Why You Should Be Masturbating Right Now

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    If someone asked you why you masturbate it might seem like an odd question – surely it’s obvious? It feels great, relieves sexual frustration, and some of us even do it just to kill time!

    But what if we told you that dabbling in a little ménage à moi may well benefit more areas of your life than you might realise?

    With positive impacts on your health, mood, sex life and more, masturbation has been proven time and again to be one of our healthier habits as a species.

    To find out why a fap a day can keep the doctor away, keep reading.



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    It keeps you physically healthy

    It might sound far-fetched, but you’d be surprised just how much good some quality solo time can do for you!

    Studies have found that men who ejaculate more than four times a week are a third less likely to contract prostate cancer and, in women, regular orgasms can help prevent cervical infections and UTIs.


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    It's great for your mood

    It should come as no surprise that masturbation makes you feel good, but the impact lasts much longer than the moment of orgasm.

    The dopamine released in both male and female brains has been found to have a lessening effect on symptoms associated with depression, and with regular exposure can have a general positive effect on your emotional wellbeing.

    So you really can fap yourself happy (in a way, that is).


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    It makes for better sex

    Far too many people associate masturbation with a lack of sex, but this is absolutely not the case.

    Quite to the contrary, it's well known that masturbation can lead to better, more satisfying sex.

    For those with a penis, regular masturbation can be used to train for longer-lasting sex, and for everyone, it leads to a better understanding of the unique nature of your body.

    That means that when you're with a partner, you'll be better equipped to let them know what works and doesn't work for you.


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    It works wonders for your mental health

    Two of the most common negative impacts on a person's mental health are stress and lack of sleep. When we all have such busy lives, it's only too easy to go far too long, doing far too much, without realising it.

    First up - sleep. The earlier-mentioned endorphins released during orgasm have wonderful relaxing effects, and with the added bonus of lowering blood pressure, masturbation might be just what you need to top off a restful night in.

    Many people also find a correlation between going a while without orgasm and stress levels, so when the weight of the world is on your shoulders, try taking matters into your own hands, so to speak.


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    It's safer than sex

    It might be obvious, but it's pretty hard to get pregnant (or get someone else pregnant) if you're playing on single player.

    Not only is masturbation safer than sex (you don't have to worry about STIs), it can be just as satisfying as sex (if not more so for many people).

    Whatever your reason, or even lack thereof, your body is yours to enjoy and you've no reason not to do so.

    So, next time you're basking in the glow of a solo job well done, remember this list and glow even brighter.


    The ViBlogger is a student at the University of Leeds, where he studies Astrophysics. When he's not writing for The Sextbook, he can usually be found in a Yorkshire field reenacting the 12th century.


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